Housing: the foundation for mental health

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Mercure Sydney

Our first national one-day conference for 2020—Housing: the foundation for mental health will be held in partnership with Mind Australia at Mercure Sydney on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

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Conference Overview

About the event

Housing is the foundation for mental health.  Stable housing is critical for recovery from mental ill-health and for being able to access appropriate support services. Policy has linear conceptions of how people navigate the housing and mental health systems, yet in reality, people’s experiences are complex and interwoven. Furthermore, the housing and mental health systems are not well integrated and when they do connect, are crisis driven. This means that many fall through the cracks and experience a downward spiral rather than being set on a path to recovery.

This AHURI one-day conference, presented in partnership with Mind Australia, draws on new national data to examine the reciprocal links between the mental health and housing trajectories of individuals. The research offers new evidence on circuit breakers that can interrupt the downward trajectory in which many people find themselves. The official launch of the final report from the AHURI and Mind Australia Trajectories research project underpins the conference.

Join us in Sydney for this important national conversation.

Who should attend?

This is a national conversation for policy leaders and housing and health professionals including:

  • Federal and state/territory government policy makers from the housing, social policy, health, mental health and human service sectors
  • Social, community and affordable housing providers and frontline workers
  • Health and mental health service providers
  • Peak industry representatives in housing, homelessness, social services, disability, health and mental health sectors
  • Landlords, tenants and tenant organisations across all sectors
  • Individuals with lived experience of mental-ill health

***Please note that this conference is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please proceed with registration.


8:00amRegistration open



Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI


Keynote address

Mary Delahunty, Head of Impact, HESTA


Beyond linear pathways: mapping mental health and housing trajectories

The official launch and presentation of key findings from the AHURI and Mind Australia Trajectories research project.

Dr Sarah Pollock, Executive Director Research and Advocacy, Mind Australia 
Dr Nicola Brackertz, Manager - Professional Services, AHURI


Morning tea


Trying to help, trying to get help: finding a way through a crisis driven system

This session will explore lived experience and service provider perspectives, including qualitative findings from the Trajectories research.

Elida Meadows, Mental Health Lived Experience Advocate
Greta Baumgartel, Peer Researcher - Research & Advocacy, Mind Australia
Roz Fitzgerald, Allied Health Manager - Adult Mental Health Unit, Canberra Hospital
Annemaree Callander, CEO, Brisbane Youth Service




Circuit breakers: Changing the course, what works to break the circuit

This session will examine practice focussed examples of best practice in linking mental health and housing services.

Panel members
Mark Heeney, National Manager Innovation and Growth - Accommodation Operations, Mind Australia
Ashley Perez, Executive Manager, Children & Homelessness, Anglicare NT
Karyn Walsh, CEO, Micah Projects
David Pruden, Homeless Outreach Mental Health and Housing Service
Alan Broad, Area Manager, Fortitude Valley Housing Service Centre


Afternoon tea


Drawing a new map: where to for policy and solutions?

This session will focus on the state of mental health and housing policy solutions and future opportunities.

Panel members
Dr Gerry Naughtin, Strategic Adviser, Mental Health, Strategic Advisers and Research Division, The National Disability Insurance Agency
Mary O'Hagan, Developer and Director, PeerZone [NZ]
Julie Abramson, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
Peter Jones, Senior Policy Officer, Aboriginal Housing Victoria


Concluding remarks

Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI


Conference concludes

4:30-5:00pmNetworking drinks

*This is a draft program and is subject to change.


The first AHURI one-day conference for 2020, presented in partnership with Mind Australia, draws on new national data to examine the reciprocal links between the mental health and housing trajectories of individuals.

This  conference will present an outstanding sponsorship opportunity to raise your organisation’s profile, network with new and existing clients and demonstrate your commitment to this critical public health, social policy and community focused issue.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact AHURI’s Head of Marketing and Communications at anthony.smeaton@ahuri.edu.au or 03 9660 2300.

Download sponsorship prospectus here.

Venue information

Mercure Sydney

Grand Central Room
Mercure Sydney

818 - 820 George Street
Sydney NSW 2008

Event times

Registration opens at 8:00am for
an 8:30am program commencement.
The program concludes at 4:30pm.

Directions from airport

With the venue’s prime location, several options are available in getting to and from the airport

1) Taxi – approximately $25 to/from the Domestic Terminal (dependent on traffic).

2) Train – Domestic terminal. Single ticket peak from $17.26 one way to/from terminal.

Google Map of area

The details

Date: Wednesday 19 February 2020

Time: 8:00am–4:30pm

Venue: Mercure Sydney


(includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
$420 including GST—Regular registration
A full-time student/concession rate is available. Contact us for further details.

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Registration terms and conditions

Payment is due at least 7 days prior to the conference. If you nominate to pay via bank transfer and payment is not received by the conference date, you will not gain admittance.
Refund amounts and deadlines for cancellation of registration are stipulated below.

Transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. The full name and details (including email, position title, work mobile, work address and dietary requirements) of the person that will replace you must be advised in writing via email.

If you register and then find you are unable to attend the event, please email us prior to the event day.

Non-attendance: No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the event. If your payment is outstanding at the time of the event and you do not show up to the event, you will still be required to pay the registration fee.

Refund policy

90% if cancelled by 24 January 2020
70% if cancelled by 14 February 2020
no refund if cancelled after 14 February 2020


View the accommodation options selected by conference organisers.